Nintendo Switch (Switch) || 2017-present (2023)

Development

Intro

The Nintendo Switch is the 7th major video game console developed by Nintendo. Known in development as the "NX", the Switch was released in 2017. Despite being considered a "hybrid" console, the Switch is primarily designed as a home console where the main unit is inserted onto a docking station that connects to a TV. Alternatively, the main unit could be removed from the dock and be used similarly to a tablet computer through its LCD touchscreen or placed in a standalone tabletop mode. The Switch was and still is the main Nintendo console today and is a major factor in the rise of Nintendo again.

A New Way to Play

Ever since the launch of the Wii U, Nintendo had declining revenues. Over time, the company attributed these weak hardware sales to the rise of mobile gaming. Previously, mobile gaming was something the company would've never considered as authorities believed that by creating mobile games Nintendo would lose its identity. However, over time, Nintendo slowly created new business models to revitalize their spot in the industry- these models included incorporating mobile gaming. In the initial conception for the Switch, designers stated that they didn't just want a successor to the Wii U, but rather a new experience altogether. They believed that a new way to play was to provide gamers the option to play at home or on the go and that this would allow game devs to create new types of games. This design also trickled down to the controllers, where engineers wanted to create controllers that were small enough to be portable. The ultimate goal of the Switch was to be a device that could play leisurely, casual games while also being able to play games that would need to be played deeply. This was an attempt to bridge a polarization of gaming. The Switch's design was also a way to incorporate many cultures; in Japan, sitting down to game with friends was an integral part of social interaction whereas in the West, people want things that are on the game due to busier schedules. The Switch was given its name for this philosophy of being able to switch around and accommodate gamers of widely different backgrounds as well as the dynamic design of the system. The system also continued Nintendo's blue ocean approach by targetting more casual gamers including the competitive side this time.

Technical Specifications
CPU Octa-core CPU @1.020 GHz
Memory 4 gigabytes
Storage Up to 32 gigabytes
Interesting Designs Combined the idea of home console gaming and mobile gaming.
Units Sold 14.86 million

A Console that Can do Everything

The focus of the Switch was adaptability, and this showed in the hardware. The main unit of the Switch is the console, which is a battery-powered tablet-like monitor. This unit would comprise of an LCD screen that supports multi-touch and haptic technology. The LCD screen could support HD resolutions and also has audio jacks, stereo speakers, USB-C ports and a kickstand. The console would also support many features technology smartphones had like being able to adjust screen brightness. All of these new design features made the Switch something that could be played anywhere. This design was also seen the controllers, called Joy-Cons. The Switch's Joy-Cons were individually called "Joy-Con L" and "Joy-Con R" and are attached to the Switch via a locking mechanism. These controllers are designed small enough for transport and can be used in many ways like the main unit. The Joy-Cons could either be detached to be combined into a single traditional controller, attached to a grip that emulates the GamePad form factor, or used as separate controllers by two individual players. Each Joy-Con would have usual controller buttons including sensors like the Wii Remote. The controller also included haptic feedback, which led to the development of "HD Rumble" which generates fine tactile feedback. All of these design features made the Switch a console that could be played any way and anywhere.

Focus on the Games

Improving on the Wii U's issues, the Switch also went back to Nintendo's roots. The console mainly focused on bringing a consistent stream of solid games instead of having many various features. Nintendo did this because they believed that their goal first and foremost was bringing good games. Online services were improved, including having lobby services, voice chat as well as stronger online multiplayer and eShops. The Switch also offers integration with third-party social networking services and also for better friends lists. Third party support was also increased drastically. Nintendo started to reach out to indie developers and Nintendo also developed an effective system to have games be approved and developed for game developers. Nintendo anticipated having at least 60 indie games for the Switch through 2017, but the number ended upto over 320 titles because of popularity. Since the Switch was also primarily a gaming console, it would lead to increased promotion of videogames which drew in developers. Many people saw that Nintendo lowered the barrier for development compared to the Wii days. Instead of having developers build games catered towards the Wii technology, Nintendo started to look towards universal game engines and graphical APIs for the Switch. Development kits were released and Nintendo adapted to the environment of having easily compatible software. Developers noted how out of all the Nintendo consoles, the Swithc was the "least demanding."

History/Impact

Shaky Launch

Upon the Switch's launch, even though games were in development there were criticsms launched at the console's limited library. In addition, the Switch was underwhelming because a lot of the launch titles did not show off the full extent of the console's abilities. Reviewers also noted that the initial software and features were limited and found many software bugs. Though these bugs were fixed with time, many early reports of hardware and software problems marred the experience of the system.

The Big N is Back

Despite the shaky launch, the Switch was an immense success. The console was the fastest selling console in Nintendo's history, and has since sold more than the Wii U in a year than the Wii U's whole lifespan. The Switch saw a huge amount of sales, so much that there wasn't enough supply to meet demand for a long time. The Switch also saw a high attachment rate, since the AAA titles like Zelda being sold with it sold nearly as many copies as the actual system. Over the first year since launch, groups had noted that the Switch had sold more units during the first year of availability than any other console platform. Many videogame companies including Sony and Microsoft, congratulated Nintendo on the success. With the Switch, Nintendo's revenues saw a huge boost, and the company earned some of the highest revenues since 2009. The Switch was a huge success and is still being pushed strongly by the company. After struggling for several years with the Wii U, the Switch was a return to form for the Big N.

Games

Nintendo Switch (Switch) || 2017-present (2)

Splatoon 2

Developer: Nintendo
Year Release: 2017

Updated FPS with new gadgets and features.

(Video) Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Live Reactions at Nintendo NY

Nintendo Switch (Switch) || 2017-present (3)

Super Mario Odyssey

Developer: Nintendo
Year Release: 2017

(Video) Full Nintendo Switch Announcement Reaction

Fresh and quirky take on the 3D franchise.

Nintendo Switch (Switch) || 2017-present (5)

1-2-Switch

Developer: Nintendo
Year Release: 2017

Party game that focuses on mobile and console gaming.

(Video) Nintendo Switch Live Presentation in Japan - January 13th, 2017

Made by Jeff C. © 2018

(Video) Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 - Scott The Woz

FAQs

Is there a difference between Nintendo Switch 2017 and 2020? ›

The new Switch's screen is slightly brighter and gives off a warmer color than the original's screen. From what I can see, the new Switch V2's screen is slightly brighter and gives off a warmer color than the original's screen. It's really not that noticeable, though.

How do I know if I have a V1 or V2 Switch? ›

Note: Original Nintendo Switch models start with the letters HAC. Additionally, when holding the new Nintendo Switch in your hands, check the model number on the back. The new Nintendo Switch has a number that should read HAC-001 (-01), while the original has a model number of HAC-001.

How do you tell which Nintendo Switch I have? ›

How to check your model number
  1. For Nintendo Switch – OLED Model [HEG-001] Open the stand on the rear of the console to check the number.
  2. For Nintendo Switch [HAC-001] You can check the number on the rear of the console.
  3. For Nintendo Switch Lite [HDH-001] You can check the number on the rear of the console.

How do you tell if your Switch is a V2? ›

How do I identify a Nintendo Switch V2? Simply look on the back above the horizontal vents. If it says: HAC•001 (-01), then it's a V2. Original models will only have HAC•001.

Should I buy Nintendo switch OLED or V2? ›

In case you're wondering, there is no power upgrade between the Switch OLED and the Switch V2. They offer the same processing abilities and the same resolution. It's just that the OLED screen makes game visuals look much better on the new model.

Which version of Switch is best? ›

The Nintendo Switch OLED Model provides the best portable experience you can get on a Nintendo handheld, assuming you want the best and biggest screen, loudest and clearest speakers, and the most useful stand you can get on a Switch. It's also $50 more than the base model Switch, and $150 more than the Switch Lite.

What model is the Switch V2? ›

The only way I could find to tell the hardware apart is the model number stamped on the back. The original reads "HAC-001," while V2 is "HAC-001 (-01)." But there's also an easier way to tell the difference -- the V2 Switch comes in a box with a red background on its front panel.

How much does a v1 Nintendo switch cost? ›

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima took the stage at the outset to reveal that Switch will launch globally on March 3, 2017 for $299.99—earlier than some had expected at the price many suspected.

Is Switch V2 hackable? ›

Multiple hacker sources have confirmed that the new Switch OLED can be hacked, using the same modchips that can be used on patched and/or V2 Nintendo Switch models.

Is V2 better than V1 Switch? ›

Switch V1 vs.

You see, a little while after the original Switch came out, Nintendo quietly rolled out another Switch with a small incremental upgrade, usually referred to as the V2. So what's the difference? Well, not much actually: it has a slightly better battery performance due to a more efficient processor.

Does Switch V2 overheat? ›

Heat can damage your Nintendo Switch. The console has temperature limits, and it's built to circulate air to keep it from overheating. If you're playing in a warm room without air conditioning, a fan, or any type of ventilation, you'll want to keep a close eye on your console to make sure it doesn't get hot.

Can Switch V2 be jailbroken? ›

Is it possible to jailbreak a 2nd generation Nintendo Switch? Of course it's possible.

Is Nintendo OLED worth the extra money? ›

The extra $50 for the OLED Switch is well worth it for the upgrades, though, particularly the screen and kickstand. If you're new to Switch life, it's the one to pick. But it just doesn't seem as necessary if you already own a Switch. Read our Nintendo Switch OLED review.

What does OLED stand for? ›

The acronym 'OLED' stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode - a technology that uses LEDs in which the light is produced by organic molecules.

How long will the Switch last? ›

As I discussed with former Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aimé, the Switch seems due for some sort of upgrade... but according to Nintendo, the Switch's life cycle could be as long as 10 years.

Which Switch is the fastest? ›

If you want a switch that's really fast for gaming, the Razer Red Optical switch or Cherry Speed Silver are your best bets. But if you need a well rounded switch, for typing/gaming, the Cherry MX or Gateron linear switches are great options. Happy typing! What is this?

Which Switch is the most popular? ›

Linear mechanical switches are arguably the most popular bunch of the three main types of mechanical key switches. This is for good reason. They're reliable and offer a great typing experience without any extra bells and whistles.

Is the Switch V2 4k? ›

New Nintendo Switch 2 display. The screen is one of the key parts of the Switch, so we're not surprised Nintendo is making that panel prettier with OLED. That said, it's still a 720p panel, only outputting in 1080p (at most) when docked.

How much can I sell my Switch? ›

USED NINTENDO SWITCH “SELL” PRICES (what you can expect to sell for as of 10/13/2022)
ModelOnline Buyback StoresBrick-and-Mortar Stores (Best Buy, Target, GameStop)
Nintendo Switch$112$50
Nintendo Switch Lite$62$40

How long does v1 Switch battery last? ›

For Nintendo Switch, model number: HAC-001(-01) [product serial number begins with "XKW"], the battery life is approximately 4.5 to 9 hours. For Nintendo Switch Lite, model number: HDH-001, the battery life is approximately 3 to 7 hours.

How do you price a Switch? ›

29% of users prefer Switches in other price range. Wipro North West Stylus Plus 16A 1M White Two Way Switch, SR ...
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Switches - Price Range.
SwitchesMin PriceMax Price
Anchor Switches₹11₹4160
B-Five Switches₹194₹2886
Legrand Switches₹70₹11433
Havells Switches₹14₹4045

How many Nintendo switches are hacked? ›

Nintendo now says that the accounts of 300,000 Switch users have been hacked.

Can someone hack your Switch account? ›

If an unknown location appears on the list, it is possible the Nintendo account has been hacked. Users should then follow Nintendo's Account Recovery Process. Nintendo is recommending that all Nintendo account users set up 2-step verification to prevent unauthorized purchases.

How long does Switch OLED last? ›

For Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, model number: HEG-001 [product serial number begins with "XTW"], the battery life is approximately 4.5 to 9 hours.

How long does OLED battery last? ›

For Nintendo Switch – OLED Model with a serial number that starts with “XT”, the battery life is approximately 4.5 to 9 hours. For Nintendo Switch consoles with a serial number that starts with “XK”, the battery life is approximately 4.5 to 9 hours.

Which Switch has better battery life? ›

Please check the device's serial number, which you can find on a sticker visible in the window on the bottom of the package as well as on the bottom of the Nintendo Switch console. A serial number beginning with “XK” indicates a Nintendo Switch model with improved battery life.

Why does my Switch smell hot? ›

Overloaded Circuits

The main reason a light switch feels hot or shows signs of heat damage is from circuit overload. This happens when too much current flows through the switch.

Does overcharging a Switch damage it? ›

Leaving the console on the dock or plugged in directly with the AC adapter overnight, or past the point where the battery is fully charged will not cause harm to the battery.

Is it OK for Switch to get warm? ›

Your console may get hot when charging or during use (including when in Sleep Mode). This is not a defect.

Can a Switch be bricked? ›

What is “bricking”? The term means a device doesn't function completely, typically on a permanent basis. “It is as useless as a brick.” For the Nintendo Switch, this often appears as stuck in the boot screen or not booting at all.

What versions of Switch can be hacked? ›

All firmware versions of unpatched Switch consoles can be modded using the Recovery Mode or RCM method. In addition, consoles with firmware version 1.0. 0 can be modded using Nereba, and versions 2.0. 0 to 4.1.

What happens if I jailbreak Switch? ›

Jailbreaking your Nintendo Switch will void the warranty, though we're not currently sure if there's a way for Nintendo to tell if the console is jailbroken apart from by inspecting it physically. Due to the issues mentioned above, we wouldn't recommend jailbreaking your primary Nintendo Switch console.

What's the difference between Nintendo Switch versions? ›

The key difference is in the fundamental use of each Switch. The standard Nintendo Switch can be used either connected to your TV (or another display) in a supplied dock or as a handheld or stand on a tabletop using its own display, while the Switch Lite can be used only as a handheld.

What is the best year for Switch? ›

While 2017 will surely go down in history as one of the best launch years for any console, 2022 may also be remembered as the Switch's best year overall thanks to a strong lineup from Nintendo and continued support from the third party and indie developers who have made sure there is always something new to play on ...

Is it worth getting Switch 2022? ›

It shines thanks to its library of standout games that should not be missed, and it does not seem like the steady release of new titles is slowing down soon. Even in 2022, the Nintendo Switch remains a worthwhile purchase.

How many years will the Switch last? ›

As I discussed with former Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aimé, the Switch seems due for some sort of upgrade... but according to Nintendo, the Switch's life cycle could be as long as 10 years.

What is the rarest type of Nintendo Switch? ›

Become a dragon

Available exclusively in Japan, this bundle is one of the rare Switch systems that comes with two blue Joy-Con. It also features a sword and shield on the Nintendo Switch dock as well as various Dragon Quest XI stencils on both the console and Joy-Con. Hunt for it on eBay.

What is the newest Switch version? ›

The Nintendo Switch OLED Model is now the third Switch console in Nintendo's lineup. The OLED Switch retails for about $350, or $50 more than the non-OLED Nintendo Switch model ($299).

Whats the most popular Switch? ›

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Is it good to buy a Switch now? ›

The Nintendo Switch is worth buying in 2022. Buying a Switch right now opens the door to a five-year backlog of first-party Nintendo games that are among some of the best games to come out in the past decade, with more great games still on the way.

Is it still worth buying Switch? ›

With the sheer quality of Nintendo's first-party catalogue and wide indie support, the Nintendo Switch is certainly worth buying in 2022. Would we like to play these beautiful games like Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 in 4K? For sure.

Which is better Xbox or Switch? ›

The Xbox One S and X clearly output games at a higher resolution than the Switch, but the Switch's games are optimized for the platform and often look just as good at first glance. Plus, the Switch often looks just as good on your morning commute as it does on a TV. Overall, it's too close to call.

Is Nintendo online free? ›

What is Nintendo Switch online and what does it do? Switch Online is Nintendo's equivalent to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold. It is a paid subscription service that gives you access to online multiplayer play for many games, plus other benefits and features.

Is Nintendo Switch better than PS4? ›

The Switch runs off of a customised Nvidia Tegra X1 chipset, while the PS4 contains an AMD Jaguar CPU and a 1.84 TFlops AMD Radeon GPU. What that translates to is that even though it was released several years before the Nintendo Switch, the PS4 outperforms it when it comes to overall computing power.

What happens if your Switch dies? ›

Leave it to charge for a few hours.

If your console only just ran out of juice and you plug it in, it will likely be useable almost immediately, but if it's sat for weeks or even months with no charge it could take several hours to get even any kind of response out of it.

Is it OK to leave the Switch charging? ›

Leaving the console on the dock or plugged in directly with the AC adapter overnight, or past the point where the battery is fully charged will not cause harm to the battery.

Can a Switch overheat? ›

The Switch console can overheat if played in environments over 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius), Nintendo says as Japan, Europe and the US experience sweltering heat waves.

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